Archive - Obituary
September 23rd, 2014
July 28, 1935 â€” Sept. 15, 2014
Charles Cook, Jr., 79, formerly of Columbia City, and of Avon Park, Fla., went home to be with our Lord at 9:32 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, at Good Shepherd Somers Hospice House in Sebring, Fla.
Born July 28, 1935, in Clarence, Mo., he was the son of the late Rev. Charles T. Cook, Sr. and Mable L. (White) Cook.
After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he married Ruth Esther Cook Sept. 5, 1959, in Kankakee, Ill. In 1968, the family moved to Fort Wayne and settled in Columbia City in 1970.
Dennis Lilliedahl, 61, passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 while battling a brief illness. Without complaint he continued to unselfishly think of others.
He was employed at Lincoln Food Service. He was an active member of American Legion and American Legion Riders Post 297 Payne, Ohio.
He was a talented artist producing beautiful pieces of stained glass. He was an avid Michigan Wolverine fan and rarely missed â€śda Bears.â€ť
June 10, 1925 â€” Sept. 19, 2014
Martha Ann Putman, 89, of Columbia City, passed away at 11:10 a.m. Sept. 19, 2014, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor Nursing Home, Columbia City.
Born June 10, 1925, in Whitley County, she was the daughter of Fred L. Marrs and Eliza R. (Poland) Estlick.
She was raised in Larwill and from 1955 to 1990 she resided in California and Arizona.
In 1990, she resided in Columbia City before moving to Arizona, then to Kent, Wash. She returned to Columbia City in July, 2013.
June 15, 1919 â€” Sept. 19, 2014
Carl F. Hansen, 95, of Columbia City, died at 9:40 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor.
He was born June 15, 1919, in East Chicago, a son of the late Fred and Edna (Thieleman) Hansen.
Surviving relatives include his wife, three children, three stepchildren, 13 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and a sister.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Burial will be in the Nolt Cemetery. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Brinda F. Rowe, 64, of Columbia City, passed away at 9:36 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born March 14, 1950 in Sayersville, Ky., she was the daughter of Nollin and Helen (Rowe) Collins.
She graduated from Union City High School in Marshall, Mich. with the Class of 1968.
Riola F. VanWey, 92, of Columbia City, passed away at 1:54 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor in Columbia City.
Born Feb. 27, 1922, in Mitchell, S. D., she was the daughter of Ernst F. and Stella V. (Hall) Taylor.
Besides a short period of time in South Dakota, Riloa was a lifetime resident of Whitley County.
She attended Columbia City High School and June 22, 1942, she married Robert E. VanWey.
She worked for Blue Bell and was a cook at the Eagles, American Legion, and for the Masonâ€™s and Rotary Club. She was a member of Eagles, American Legion, VFW and Moose.
Max L. â€śMickâ€ť Bowers Jr., 65 of Churubusco, died suddenly Tuesday evening, Sept. 16, 2014, at his home of natural causes.
He was born April 7, 1949 in Fort Wayne, a son of Max Lavon and Gwendolyn G. (Grabach) Bowers Sr.
His formative years were spent in Laud. He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School and continued his education at Ivy Tech.
On Sept. 17, 1983, he was united in marriage to Lisa A. (Diffendarfer) Herbst. On Dec. 1, 1985, they moved to their present home.
Mary Alice Gray, 94, a resident of Churubusco and widow of John C. Gray, passed away at 12:50 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. She had been taken there on Sunday from the Presence Sacred Heart Home in Avilla.
Mrs. Gray was born Nov. 28, 1919 in Smith Township, a daughter of Thomas Carl and Maude Elizabeth (Bennett) Gaff, and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1937.
On June 14, 1941, she was married in Wolf Lake to John C. Gray, and was a lifelong resident of Churubusco.
James M. Wilcox, 77 of Fort Wayne and formerly of Big Lake, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Columbia City.
Surviving are two daughters, Tammy Azar (Bryon) Yoder of Big Lake and Beverly Weber of Boston, Mass; a stepson, Bobby Chunn of Louisiana; a stepdaughter Deborah Wilkinson of Fort Wayne; three granddaughters, Elizabeth (Scotty) Kessler, Samantha Geschwind, and R. Renee Azar and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death his brother, William Wilcox and one great-grandson, Donovan Kessler.
John Paul Greene, 42, passed away Sept. 12, 2014, in Lima, Ohio.
He was born to Stanley Martin and Peggy (Watkins) Greene Nov. 1, 1971, in Fort Wayne.
He graduated from Huntington High School with the Class of 1990 and been a sign maker for Johnson Brothers in South Whitley and Signs Source USA in Lima.
John was well-known to be generous of spirit, a loving and compassionate family member, and hard-working.